Posted by: The ocean update | February 28, 2016

Dead whale washes ashore in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)

Sperm whale

Sperm whale

February 28th, 2016 (Thaer Zriqat). SHARJAH – The remains of a large whale, washed up on Kalba beach, have been buried in the sand by environmental workers.

According to the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority, the 15-metre-long animal is believed to have been decomposing for the past four to five days, and was buried due to the foul smell.

“It might be a blue whale, or a humpback whale,” said Hana Al Suwaidi, director of EPAA. Samples of the animal have been sent to laboratories to determine the species.

Ed Sibylline : it’s a sperm whale.

“Part of the whale’s tale is missing which makes us suspect that the whale died due to colliding with a ship,” said Mr Al Suwaidi.

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